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ON1 Photo RAW 2019 Adds New Workflow and Powerful Features


ON1 has announced Photo RAW 2019, a major upgrade to the photo editing software that brings a new workflow and a host of new features.

“ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will give photographers the features they use the most from the Lightroom and Photoshop worlds in a single application,” ON1 Products VP Dan Harlacher says. “This is what we mean by an all ­new photo editing experience. We want to keep the photographer’s workflow fast and efficient.”

To help Lightroom users switch over more seamlessly, Photo RAW 2019 uses AI algorithms to transfer and display photos that have been edited inside Lightroom. The migrated settings will continue to be non-destructive and can be further edited inside Photo RAW 2019.

After crowdsourcing ideas for its original launch of Photo RAW, ON1 is continuing to build the software around direct input from photographers.

“Every new feature and improvement made in version 2019 is a direct result of community input through the ON1 Photo RAW Project,” the company says.

Here’s a rundown of the other new features found in Photo RAW 2019:

A New Workflow for Layers

“ON1 Layers will no longer be a separate module. Instead, the power of layers will be accessible within the non­destructive workflow inside of Develop and Effects. This will allow for creating or editing multi­layered files, including raw files, and keep the non­destructive settings for each photo layer. Customers will also be able to move, size, and mask each layer. More importantly, and a new concept, each layer has its non­destructive settings, all the way back to the original file. What’s most exciting is if you are working with raw files, powerful adjustments like exposure, highlights, shadows, and camera profiles can now be processed using the raw data in a layered photo workflow. All without having to change modules or applications.”

New Focus Stacking

“Automatically blend a series of photos at different focus distances to increase depth­of­field. It’s so fast, you can adjust the focus in real­time, just like changing the focus on your lenses. Think of it like HDR, but for focus instead of exposure.”

New Auto­Align Layers

“Easily combine multiple photos as layers, then automatically align them based on image content, making it easy to mask and blend them together.”

New AI Masking Tool (in December)

“This new tool, powered by AI, will allow customers to easily identify areas of your photo to create a selection or mask and the AI technology detects your subject matter and automatically creates a beautiful mask.”

New Portrait Module

“The new Portrait module will automatically detect faces in your photo allowing you to easily retouch, smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes, and whiten teeth.”

New Text Tool

“The new text tool will be perfect for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations. Easily control font size, color, position, and more and then save a preset to add the same text overlay to a batch of photos quickly.”

New Master Keyword List

“Now you can see every keyword you use in a single, searchable list. You can quickly apply, clear, edit, or delete keywords.”

Improved Local Adjustments

“Local adjustments will be updated to use the raw processing data. This allows for more highlight and shadow details with more tonal range.”

New Layered HDR Workflow

“With the powerful new non­destructive live layers you can combine other photos, text or alternate exposures with your HDR photos. Use the powerful masking tools to combine multiple HDR renditions even.”

New Filter Options in Effects

“We have added dedicated film grain, curves, color adjustment filters to Effects. This lets you add film grain to color photos and make advanced, targeted color and tone adjustments faster. There’s even a new filter selector that allows you to search for filters, learn what they do and even view a sample before you add them.”

New User Interface

“The new user interface will have a fresh and modern feel. Overall contrast has been reduced to make photos stand out along with a new font to help increase readability. Updated, icons, tabs, and sliders will also take up less visual space. ”

New Cameras and Lenses

“Added support for the latest cameras and lenses.”

You can find a full list of Photo RAW features on this page.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will officially launch in November 2018, but its available for pre-order starting now with a price of $100. Existing users of any ON1 product can preorder for $80.